The Health Benefits of Using Dried Organic Blueberries
If you’re wondering about the dried blueberries that you’ve been adding to your breakfast cereal, worry no more. Nutritionists assure us that organic dried blueberries are just as nutritionally rich as their fresh counterparts, albeit the former does contain more sugar, as the drying process removes the excess water and concentrates the sugar content.
Other than that, however, organic dried blueberries, such as those from North of 49 Naturals, are a great addition to your diet. Blueberries are delicious, versatile, and have one of the highest antioxidant concentrations among all fruits. Here are four more reasons why you should use dried organic blueberries:
Blueberries fight free radicals.
Half a cup of dried blueberries contains around 20 milligrams of Vitamin C, which is about 25% of your daily Vitamin C needs. Vitamin C combats free radicals, the unstable compounds that can damage your cells as well as your DNA, causing premature aging, oxidative damage to muscles and tissues, and diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Anthocyanins, the antioxidant pigments that give blueberries their wonderful color, also provide antioxidant defense against free radical assault.
Blueberries also contain loads of other phytonutrients that function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances in the body. All of these beneficial compounds work together to improve your health and treat existing health issues.
Blueberries are good for your heart.
According to a study published in the journal Nutrition Reviews in 2010, the anthocyanins in blueberries not only help fight free radicals – they also help improve cardiovascular health. The antioxidant properties of the blueberry protect the blood components (such as LDL cholesterol) from oxygen damage that may lead to clogging of the blood vessels. Blueberry intake has also been shown to reduce total cholesterol, lower triglyceride levels, and raise HDL cholesterol, as well as improve the antioxidant protection of the blood vessel structures. Routine blueberry intake has also been found to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressures in individuals of all ages.
Blueberries keep your bones strong.
Blueberries, even in their dried form, are rich in Vitamin K. In fact, just a quarter cup of dried blueberries provides around 25% of your daily Vitamin K needs. Vitamin K is essential to proper blood clotting and to the health and strength of bones. It helps the body use the calcium from the food we eat to build and strengthen bones, helps cut the risk of bone fractures, and helps lower the risk of osteoporosis.
Blueberries improve your cognitive function.
One of the most exciting things about this delightful fruit is that studies have recently found that consuming around 2 cups of blueberries effectively improves cognitive function, including memory. Having blueberries for breakfast, whether in a bowl of oatmeal or blended with other fresh fruits and/or organic fruit powders into a smoothie, is a delicious way to prevent cognitive dysfunctions such as Alzheimer’s in later life.